Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 23rd Aug 2008 15:37 UTC
Editorial Earlier this week, we ran a story on GoboLinux, and the distribution's effort to replace the Filesystem Hierarchy Standard with a more pleasant, human-readable, and logical design. A lot of people liked the idea of modernising/replacing the FHS, but just as many people were against doing so. Valid arguments were presented both ways, but in this article, I would like to focus on a common sentiment that came forward in that discussion: normal users shouldn't see the FHS, and advanced users are smart enough to figure out how the FHS works.
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Computers are complicated
by massysett on Sat 23rd Aug 2008 22:51 UTC
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"Funnily enough, by providing all these layers, developers actually flat-out admit operating systems are anything but designed for users. If they were actually designed for users from the ground up, they wouldn't need all those layers."

All these layers exist because computers are complicated. Computers are complicated because they are versatile. The single machine on your desk can become a planetarium, music player, ham radio accessory, cash register, dental x-ray viewer, slot machine, fire sprinkler system controller...

If you want a simple machine, go get yourself a single-purpose box. Instead of Amarok, get an iPod. Instead of Doom, get a Xbox. Instead of Thunderbird, get a Blackberry. These gadgets are complex too, but because their uses are limited, they are hermetically sealed so you can't mess around with them. That's a blessing--I read articles about how I can turn a PC into a mega-powerful router. I don't care. I prefer my basic, $100, hermetically sealed router--without even DD-WRT.

What you want is a versatile machine that is also simple. You want a computer that does it all, and yet is simple. That isn't gonna happen.

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